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[Interview with Philip Furia : raw footage]

Title
[Interview with Philip Furia : raw footage] [2002-10-22] [videorecording] / [directed by Michael Kantor]
Publication
New York, 2002.

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Additional Authors
  • Furia, Philip, 1943-
  • Kantor, Michael, 1961-
  • Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
  • Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Description
1 videocassette (VHS) (35 min.) : sd., col. SP; 1/2 in.
Summary
  • Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Author and historian Philip Furia discusses the American musical. Topics include the Broadway song as a "barometer" of the nation's emotional state; early 20th century theater's reflection of the multi-ethnic society in which it existed; performer Fanny Brice whose wide ranging talents earned her a starring role in producer Florenz Ziegfeld's Follies; the song Sadie Salome (go home), written for her by Irving Berlin; Ziegfeld's ability to amalgamate in a single Follies production all that was current in the theater; the 1911 song Alexander's ragtime band, Berlin's first major hit, which became a landmark for American music; theatrical showman George M. Cohan, whose scores combined irregular ragtime beats with straightforward American speech to create a new vernacular, as in his song You're a grand old flag; Al Jolson, who was the "embodiment" of Broadway in the early 1910s and 1920s, and whose exuberant performances connected deeply with his audiences; the groundbreaking musical Show boat, whose book and lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein featured character and plot driven songs like Old man river; Broadway songwriters of the 1920s such as George and Ira Gershwin and Lorenz Hart who produced sophisticated, witty songs which capitalized on their understanding of American speech; the basis of George Gershwin's music in ragtime syncopation, and the difficulty of writing lyrics to accompany his tunes; the Broadway revue of the 1930s, which featured memorable songs strung together by lightweight plots. Tape one ends at 28 min.
  • Discussion resumes on tape two with the advent of talking pictures, and Hollywood's emphasis, in an effort to include music in its films, on Broadway stories such as The jazz singer; the liberated sensibilities of the Jazz Age as reflected on Broadway, whose songs began to include references to sex; the growing use during the 1920s of slang words gleaned from Broadway song lyrics by columnists and radio commentators such as Walter Winchell; Hammerstein's lyrics for Oklahoma, written with Richard Rodgers, which established the principle that the musical's songs and story must be unified; the cast album, first introduced with Oklahoma, which disseminated Broadway's music nationwide, and made Broadway tunes independent hits; the dissatisfaction of Broadway songwriters like George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers in working for Hollywood studios during the 1930s; Irving Berlin's creation of the score for Annie get your gun, for which he penned such hits as You can't get a man with a gun, Doin' what comes naturally and There's no business like show business.
Alternative Title
  • Broadway, the American musical
  • Broadway: the American musical : Philip Furia/Bowers Int.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Documentaries and factual works.
  • Musicals.
  • Unedited footage.
Note
  • The first interview conducted with Furia for this documentary is available on NCOX 2112.
  • This interview is one of a group of interviews with 90 individuals used in making the documentary Broadway, the American musical. The completed production is available on NCOX 2058.
  • Credits for completed production from pbs.org: A film by Michael Kantor ; produced by Jeff Dupre, Michael Kantor and Sally Rosenthal ; written by Marc Fields, Michael Kantor, Laurence Maslon, and JoAnne Young ; directed by Michael Kantor.
  • Time code on frame.
  • Contains various takes, at occasional brief intervals, audio continues without sound.
Credits (note)
  • Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer (note)
  • Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Philip Furia.
Event (note)
  • Videotaped in New York, N.Y. on Oct. 22, 2002.
Biography (note)
  • Broadway, the American musical, which aired on PBS in October 2004, is a documentary chronicling the entire history of a unique American art form, the Broadway musical. Each of its six episodes covers a different era in American theater history, and features the Broadway shows and songs which defined the period. The series draws on feature films, television broadcasts, archival news footage, original cast recordings, still photos, diaries, journals, first-person accounts, and on-camera interviews with many of the principals involved in the development of the genre.
Call Number
NCOX 2136
OCLC
124041455
Title
[Interview with Philip Furia : raw footage] [2002-10-22] [videorecording] / [directed by Michael Kantor]
Imprint
New York, 2002.
Credits
Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer
Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Philip Furia.
Event
Videotaped in New York, N.Y. on Oct. 22, 2002.
Biography
Broadway, the American musical, which aired on PBS in October 2004, is a documentary chronicling the entire history of a unique American art form, the Broadway musical. Each of its six episodes covers a different era in American theater history, and features the Broadway shows and songs which defined the period. The series draws on feature films, television broadcasts, archival news footage, original cast recordings, still photos, diaries, journals, first-person accounts, and on-camera interviews with many of the principals involved in the development of the genre.
Local Note
Gift of Broadway Film Project, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET, 2005.
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Added Author
Furia, Philip, 1943- interviewee.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- interviewer.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- director.
Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Research Call Number
NCOX 2136
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